March, 2018

Trending: The Rise of Prefab and Modular Commercial Construction Techniques

Commercial Construction

Prefabricated elements such as pre-cast concrete walls, which Englewood installed for a Blain’s Farm & Fleet store in Romeoville, Ill., can have a positive impact on a construction project’s schedule and budget.

New Construction Technology Worth Contractors’ Attention

John Chaney

In an effort to improve operations, efficiency and productivity on jobsites, more contractors than ever are trying out cutting-edge technology. According to the JBKnowledge 2017 Construction Technology Report , 62.2

Create Your Best Construction “About” Page

Construction Marketing Blog

Customers who view your “About” page spend 22.5% more than those who don’t. If they’re looking over your “About” page, it’s already a good sign, but you don’t want to lose them there.

Who Is Responsible For Temporary Worker Safety?

FDR Safety

Who Is Responsible For Temporary Worker Safety? Just ask OSHA. OSHA has made it clear that staffing agencies and host employers are jointly responsible for temporary worker safety.

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You Can't Improve Construction Safety from Inside a Filing Cabinet

How mobile technology can mitigate risk, save money, and provide a competitive advantage.

Quantum Computing in 2018

Collaborative Construction

In 2014 I wrote a blog post singing the praises of Quantum Computing in Construction and, if I do say so myself, the post aged well!

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Selling a House with Solar Panels is Not for the Faint of Heart

Green Building Law Update

There are more than a Million houses in the U.S. with solar panels installed on the roof and that number is increasing. It can be difficult if not dangerous to fail to properly address rooftop solar panels at the time of sale of a house. Among the most often made inquiries to this law firm arise from the failure to properly transfer installed solar panels.

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Is a BIM Mandate Coming to the US?

John Chaney

As we discussed in a recent blog post , the JBKnowledge 2017 Construction Technology report found that building information modeling (BIM) adoption in the United States has been fairly slow, with only 27 percent of construction companies having a BIM department.

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Women in Construction – As Told By Women

Construction Marketing Blog

Construction is one of those industries notorious for being male-dominated and, at times, not as welcoming to women. What’s that experience truly like? Here are some opinions of women working in the construction industry, because who better to describe a woman’s experience in construction than actual women? Challenges Women Face in Construction. Women make up only 4% of the workforce in natural resources, construction, and maintenance.

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5 Tips For Hiring Great Temporary Safety Professionals

FDR Safety

In the world of Safety there are differing views on utilizing staffing agencies to fill temporary positions. Many feel that they are quite helpful thanks to their vast network of professionals while others have been disappointed in the quality of the employee they receive.

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Methods to Rectify Over Leaned Buildings and Structures

The Constructor

There are number of factors that cause the structure to excessively lean or settle. For example, liquefaction of soil beneath the foundation after. Building Technology Guide Building Tips Structures Buildings

The Dotted Line: How to develop a collaborative team that wins bids

Construction Dive

The most effective partners possess unique skill sets, have extensive lists of contacts and stay aligned with the project's overall goals

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Renewable Energy Claim is Deceptive

Green Building Law Update

This past week and there have been many other times this law firm was consulted about a marketing claim by a building owner with rooftop solar panels that advertises they “use” renewable energy, but the owner sells Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for the renewable energy it generates, so the Federal Trade Commission says it shouldn’t make the claim.

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10 Ways Technology Is Closing the Productivity Gap

John Chaney

At Viewpoint and throughout the construction industry, productivity has been a popular topic of discussion. People are right to be concerned, since in 2017, McKinsey Global Institute found the construction industry’s labor productivity only improved 1 percent globally over the past 20 years.

5 Tips to Buying a Luxury Lake House in Minnesota

Construction Marketing Blog

The scenic view surrounding your house should be eye-catching and breathtaking. All this can be achieved by finding the perfect lake house. At times this can be hard to find due to budgetary constraints. That is why when you look for a designer, you should be very vigilant and careful. Do a good detailed research and a background check to confirm the credentials of the designer. Most of this works are carried out by firms that are located near your community.

How College Basketball Can Change Your Workplace Safety Culture

FDR Safety

Picture via 247sports. As Safety Professionals we are constantly asked, “how can we improve our safety performance?” Our response is typically a variation of the same answer: You have to develop and practice a workplace culture that values safety and rewards your employees for being safe.

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Strategies to Protect Buildings Close to Deep Excavation

The Constructor

Building structures close to the excavation for deep foundations may suffer settlement and subsequent cracking and even failure. Therefore, it is. Building Technology Guide Building Tips Buildings

Hiring women can ease the construction labor shortage

Construction Dive

Vicki O'Leary of the Iron Workers writes that women can fill "manly jobs," and that the industry must mitigate sexism and break down gender bias on the jobsite

6 strategies to keep your project on budget


Most of us are all too familiar with budget overruns. We’ve all had those projects that end up over budget, and we’re left wondering why. Keeping projects on budget is extremely important for overall profitability and even employee morale.

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Podcast Recap: How Integrated, Cloud-Based Construction Software Improves the Bottom Line

John Chaney

Construction software can have a big impact on the productivity of a company, especially when selected thoughtfully and implemented wisely. And it’s no surprise that increases in productivity have a big impact on contracting companies’ bottom lines.

The Top 3 Trends Reclaimed Brick Interior Designs of 2018

Construction Marketing Blog

The year 2018 has started with a bang and with it are beautiful, trendy brick interior designs that will not miss catching an eye or two. Interior design trends change with every passing year and 2017 was no different with different textures and finishes being introduced into the market. Many have wondered about what 2018 will bring especially in the exposed brick design recently embraced by most people.

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Army Corps crew earns award for work on Korte job in Tennessee

The Korte Company

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) awarded a group of its own for exemplary work on a construction project for the U.S. Department of Energy —a structure we couldn’t have built without the Corps’ expertise

Materials and Methods of Thermal Insulation of Buildings

The Constructor

What is Thermal Insulation of Buildings? In general, people living in hot regions wants to make their inside atmosphere very cool similarly people. Building Materials Building Technology Guide Building Tips Buildings

Wood nanocrystals in a California bridge could change how concrete is made

Construction Dive

The nanocrystals are expected to strengthen concrete and decrease the need to use as much of the material

Designing healthier buildings: Fitwel certification system


According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American spends 93% of their life indoors.

Several Viewpoint Clients among ENR’s Best Construction Projects of 2017

John Chaney

Engineering News Record recently revealed its list of the 20 Best Projects of 2017. More than 700 projects were submitted from across the country and were judged on high standards of teamwork, safety, problem-solving, innovation and quality.

3 Ways to Improve Your Home on a Budget

Construction Marketing Blog

As they say, home is where the heart is. The home should thus be a safe, cozy haven where one can kick back and relax after a long day.There are many ways to improve your home, and the housetipster’s housetips will provide you with all the information you require to do so. This article below also contains a few useful tips to start you off. Improve your lighting. Good lighting makes all the difference in a room and brings a lot of ambience and brightness.

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Reducing concrete cracking

GCP Applied Technologies

Reducing concrete cracking. Phillip.fry@gc…. Fri, 03/02/2018 - 15:07. Top 10 tips for achieving high-quality concrete. GCP Applied Technologies. March 02, 2018. Concrete cracks can be nerve-wracking to deal with, impacting not only the aesthetics, but also the structural integrity of a building.

18 Types of Fixtures and Fastenings for Doors and Windows

The Constructor

Fixtures and fastenings are provided for doors and windows to provide operating facilities, security for rooms and ease of opening and closing etc. Building Materials Building Technology Guide Buildings

Report: Construction workers least likely to have health insurance

Construction Dive

Many of the uninsured are independent contractors who are not entitled to benefits including health coverage

Movers + Shapers: Lean and Mean


The Lean construction movement is on the march. Its parent organization, the Lean Construction Institute, celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. LCI now has 218 corporate members, 38 owner members, and 31 active Communities of Practice.

State of the Construction Industry: March Roundup

John Chaney

We know contractors are always looking for ways to gain a competitive edge. To do so, they’re adopting new technology , trying out BIM , and exploring integrated software solutions.

5 Benefits of Using a Mini Excavator with Rubber Tracks

Construction Marketing Blog

Your mini excavator is in need of spare parts, but the greatest challenge lies on what to choose between rubber tracks and steel tracks. Rubber tracks have consistently grown in popularity over the traditional steel tracks since the late 80’s; this can perhaps be attributed to the many upcoming areas in need of lighter and less destructive equipment for smaller earthworks operations. Unveiled in the unfolding paragraphs are the merits of installing rubber tracks on your mini excavator: 1.

How construction companies use mobile field reporting to beat competition


Digital tools are rapidly transforming construction during the last years. A significant shift towards new technologies is observed in the effort of construction companies to deal with their competitors within the industry.